Sunday, October 4, 2009

Its the economy - perhaps

Margaret Thatcher, when she was Prime Minister of the UK famously said “there is no such thing as society” and it appears that this is the emphasis that emerged at least in the USA and Australia during the late 20th century. We are constantly reminded that “the economy” is central to our existence.

Despite Maggie Thatcher, the truth is that society is important to most people. People want to spend time with their friends and families. People want to have time to relax.

The economy is important—but it should be a means to an end—not the end in itself. As the Bible says: “what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world but lose his own soul”.

Leadership should be inclusive rather than exclusive. This means that each person is important—those killed as “collateral damage” in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places are just as important as our “leaders” most vociferous supporters in their home countries. We need leaders who support society—not just economics.

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